Council sets budget to invest in town
Camelford Town Council has prioritised maintenance of the local environment and safeguarding existing public services for 2016-17. At their meeting on 15 December 2015 the Council set its budget for 2016-17, which will come into effect on 1 April 2016. They aim to preserve existing services such as Enfield Park and playground, public toilets, Churchfield car park, town maintenance, events and allotments.
This year the Council began new projects including a Neighbourhood Plan, a document which helps shape development in Camelford for the coming decades, and which is hoped to be completed in 2016. A new bus shelter was installed in February on Clease Road; a much needed addition as it is a busy stop for college students and other service users.
Major emerging projects for the Council include comprehensive flood defences along the River Camel in Enfield Park; the opening of the new Cemetery at Lanteglos; and the improvement of the public realm near the old Town Hall. Events will also see investment following the huge successes in 2015 of the Spring Fair, Music in the Park event in August, and the Christmas events and fireworks.
Cuts at Cornwall Council level mean that the Town Council are forced to accept a reduction of approximately £2,000 in grant income. Despite this, good financial management means that reserve funds can be used in conjunction with a rise in the precept to deliver a wider breadth of services. The current rate of tax received by the Town Council from residents in Camelford is £2.60 per week for a D-band household; next year this will be £3.77.
Lee Dunkley, Town Clerk, said “The Town Council are taking a considered decision to invest in Camelford, which comes in the context of cuts from other tiers of government to services and the environment generally. Major flood prevention works and public space improvements, coupled with an enhanced grants budget to assist other groups with community-minded projects means that Camelford is continuing along its path of being a vibrant local community.”
Town Council expenditure
Current budget £168792
Next year £219359
Town Council precept (tax)
Total current year £129897
Total next year £190964
D-band household current year £135.05 (£2.60 per week)
D-band household next year £196.01 (£3.77 per week)
(Cornwall Council have raised their Council tax by approximately £52 per year for a D-band household; Devon and Cornwall Police have raised theirs by £3.37)
Find the full budget report passed by Camelford Town Council here